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Don’t give the ‘sloganeer’ power over your health

I’ve been eating the right food for 10 years and still gained 30 pounds. Now I’m at my wits’ end. I don’t know what to do. Sound familiar?
 
 Dr. Timothy Moore

I’ve been eating the right food for 10 years and still gained 30 pounds. Now I’m at my wits’ end. I don’t know what to do. Sound familiar? Sure it does. There are people just like you struggling to get their weight under control and regain their health so that life can be good and productive again.

As good and productive as your life might have been, the extra pounds will make you very uncomfortable and miserable. Then, too, when you look in the mirror and see more than what you bargained for, the problems are compounded. You’re no longer a size 5 anymore, ma’am. And sir, the spare tire around your waist is too much to carry.

With all the extra weight added to your frame, your joints will eventually scream out in pain and the misery will intensify. Is weight gain a generational curse? It can be, but you can stop it before it leads to high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and a host of other problems.

I have to tell you this: I saw a woman the other day crying because she was unhappy with herself. I asked her what was wrong. She said she was tired of struggling with her weight and that people, including her family and friends, stare at her like she’s a second-class citizen. So I asked what did she really want to change about herself. With tears streaming down her red face, she said, “I want my health and life back, and I want to spend time with my grandchildren.”

I was touched, my compassion in overdrive. I wanted to help. Most people, though, don’t understand their body and how food impacts their overall health. If you have an eating disorder, you can overcome it. This type of disorder has become an epidemic and should be taken seriously to prevent the onset of catastrophic diseases.

Did you know that eating green vegetables, a true source of nutrition, is good for the body? If you want to lose the weight, I would advise you to add fresh fruit and green vegetables to your diet. Then you wouldn’t have to go to Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers for a step-by-step plan to shed the pounds when you can do it yourself.

I don’t mind polling people when it comes to unhealthy eating habits. I get so many different responses, though, such as this one: “My health is getting worse.” You have no one to blame but yourself. You are responsible for your own health, albeit good or bad.

If you want to live a wholesome life, make sure you don’t overload your plate with high-caloric food. Replace them instead with fresh fruit and green vegetables. The calories and fat count can be enormous if you ignore the ingredients on packaged and processed food. Look them up and you might discover why you’re having a difficult time staying healthy.

Are you accustomed to reading labels when you’re shopping for food? If not, I would advise you to do so. It pays to know what you’re eating. If you don’t believe me, just read the labels for yourself. You might be convinced to give up some of the food that you thought was healthy.

When it comes to good nutrition, you must decide what’s important to you and how not to get caught in the deception of eating food that doesn’t have any nutritional value. Nutritional value is sometimes overrated and misleading, but when you look around, there are 79 million pre-diabetics in this country according to the Center for Disease Control.

Most of the time, bad food is promoted as good, nutritional and wholesome food. But then why is one out of every three people overweight in this country?

What is the trade-off for remaining unhealthy? Are you tired of being duped into believing that you can have it your way like Burger King promises? Remember, it’s the sloganeer’s job to entice you to buy a product, or, in this case, food.

You must decide today how you want to face the future and what quality of life you expect to have. Your children, grandchildren, and other loved ones will be counting on you.

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit him on the Web sites at www.cheftimothymoore.com or www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore.)

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